Amulet of Ptah
Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W 108
Overall: 2.2 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm (7/8 x 5/16 x 5/16 in.)
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This banded agate amulet depicts the creator god Ptah. He appears as a standing figure, whose head and feet are red to signify skin, while the torso is white to represent a garment. There is a suspension ring at the back. Ptah is the ancient creator god of Memphis, patron of craftsmen. He is often depicted wearing a skull-cap and straight beard. Amulets of Ptah are extrememy rare in Nubia.
From Meroe, Beg. W 108. 1922: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition